Easy gardening topic of Barnwell talk

Hardy hibiscuses are among the tough plants recommended by Fort Worth Botanical Gardens senior horticulturist Steve Huddleston. Photo courtesy of Steve Huddleston

Steve Huddleston knows tough plants. After all, he’s been the senior horticulturalist at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden since 1994.

He’ll  share his knowledge with local gardeners July 18 at the Barnwell Garden and Art Center in a talk called “Easy Gardening for North Central Louisiana,” sponsored by the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners and the Friends of the Barnwell.

What do North Central Texas and North Central Louisiana have in common? Hot, dry summers. (Can we agree that the lovely rainy weather we’ve enjoyed this week isn’t the norm?) That’s why native plants and drought-resistant plants are among topics he’ll cover.

Steve sings the praises of such natives as hardy hibiscus, muhly grass, salvia greggii (autumn sage), coral honeysuckle, oakleaf hydrangea, turk’s cap, buttonbush and American beautyberry. There’s even a palm native to North Central Texas he believes would perform well here — sabal minor. And a small tree with a beautiful name — Eve’s Necklace.

Other outstanding landscape performers he recommends are abelias, hollies and vitex.

I plan to be there to hear what else he has to say because easy gardening is my kind of gardening. What about you?

  • ‘Easy Gardening for North Central Louisiana’
    • When: 10 a.m. to noon July 18.
    • Where: Barnwell Garden and Art Center, 601 Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway, Shreveport.
    • Admission: free.
    • Info: 318-673-7703 or www.barnwellcenter.com